June 22, 2012
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

This week Chuck is spending some time getting to know the American Seed Trade Association which is holding its 129th Annual Convention!  If you are not familiar with ASTA, follow his coverage on AgWired.  You can find photos from the convention here.  Next week he'll be back on the road attending a NAMA Executive Committee Mtg. in Minneapolis and learning more about plans for the NAMA fall meeting which will be held there September 25 - 26, at the Graves 601 Hotel.  Then it's on to John Deere Technology Summit in Des Moines, IA.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "Does Your Business Have an Interest in Pinterest?"

Our poll results: Thirty-one percent said Yes, part of our marketing plan or just figuring it out; thirty-one percent said No, no application for us; and thirty-eight percent knew nothing about Pinterest.  So there you have it.  Surprise you?

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Will you buy E15 for your MY2001 or later car if it's offered?" The EPA has given its approval for the first retailers to sell 15% ethanol blended fuel. E15 is a legal fuel for sale to cars, pickups and SUVs made since 2001. Here's some more background on E15. Sales could start this week in Iowa, Illinois and/or Kansas. What do you think?

Here are some interviews/audio from this week you might have missed:

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
 AgWired  AgWired     

Southeast AgNet introduces a new venture, AgNet West Media, LLC. The company has just announced the newly formed joint venture with California farm media personality Patrick Cavanaugh, Farm Director, and Laurie Greene, West Coast operations (pictured below). The company will operate AgNet West Radio Network, local farm radio network for stations and listeners in California and the western region. I visited with Gary and Patrick this morning to learn more about what their plans are.   MORE  


Winners and Losers in the Senate Farm Bill

 Most groups are saying very nice things about passage of the Senate Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 and especially the quick work done by the Senate on the legislation.   MORE

NRCS Chief David White Receives ASTA DSA

The American Seed Trade Association presented their Distinguished Service Award this morning to NRCS Chief David White, pictured on right with ASTA Chairman Mike Gumina. Mike says the award recognizes people who have gone above and beyond or made some special contribution to the industry. He says that in the area of conservation ASTA has had very good success.   MORE  


DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

Peterson Skeptical of Cellulosic Ethanol

The ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee has doubts about whether cellulosic ethanol will ever be commercially viable.    MORE 

Maintaining the quality of fuel stored commercially or on the farm has a lot to do with making sure the storage equipment is keeping the fuel clean and dry.  MORE


Folks from the Truman Project, a progressive think tank, were on Capitol Hill today, making their pitch for green energy.  MORE 
PPMark  Precision Pays 

Vermeer Introduces BPX9000 Bale Processor 

The all-new BPX9000 Bale Processor from Vermeer combines simplicity, durability and versatility to meet the needs of today's cattle producers. The easy to operate machine is built tough with a unique, T-style frame, the bed design and offset rotor produce even and consistent feed with minimal maintenance, and an optional large square bale kit includes enhancements to effectively process a variety of bales. The BPX9000 is built to maximize bale processing and minimize operator stress. MORE

Forum Talking About Drought to be Held in DC 

Drought, unfortunately, has been a way of life in the Southwestern United States for the last few years, and with half the country under abnormally dry conditions this year, it's definitely time to come up with some new ideas. That's where the folks at Farm Foundation come in. MORE 

New Water Quality Improvement Projects 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $8.4 million in financial assistance is available to support 23 new partnership projects in several Mississippi River Basin states under USDA's Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI). These projects will fund producer activities that will avoid, control and trap sediment and nutrient runoff from agricultural lands, improving water quality throughout their operations.  MORE 

World Dairy Diary      

New Ice Cream Trail a First 

The Maryland Department of Agriculture has officially opened Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail and Geocache Trail! The new ice cream trail - modeled after Maryland's wine trails - is the first in the nation to feature dairy farms that produce farm fresh ice cream and sell it directly to consumers on the farm.   MORE    

Nominations for National Dairy Board Sought 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking dairy producer and farm organizations to nominate candidates to serve on the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. Nominations must be submitted by July 20, 2012.   MORE 

Forage Forum on Kernel Processing in Midwest 

Pioneer Hi-Bred's Forage Forum has done a series of interviews about the importance of proper kernel processing in different areas of the country. MORE


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